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Subject: Need a little Portuguese help!


Posted by Lupita
On Wednesday, October 18, 2000 at 16:28:36

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Hey folks --

I am picking up a little Portuguese and am having a little difficulty in translating more casual words...

Can someone tell me what "fofo/fofa" means???

Obgrigada,
Lupita
RE: Need a little Portuguese help!
Posted by mark
On Thursday, October 19, 2000 at 07:16:05

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Lupita-

Fofo/fofa is a caring way of referring to someone who is chubby or fat and also very nice and easy to get along with. It's used in a nice way and is not meant to be negative.

It might have something to do with "fofocar" which means "to gossip" There's probably a reference in there somewhere that the person speaks well of others.

Hope this helps.

Cheers!
Mark
RE: Need a little Portuguese help!
Posted by Lupita
On Thursday, October 19, 2000 at 09:25:33

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Mark --

Thanks for the great (and prompt!) explanation! If I can press upon you for some more help...

I am pretty much fluent in Spanish, so my reading comprehension of Portuguese is really solid. But when spoken....Portuguese sounds so nasal, and sounds are so different! Can you recommend any good sites for learning Portuguese pronounciation??

Thanks again,
Lupita
RE: Need a little Portuguese help!
Posted by Lupita
On Thursday, October 19, 2000 at 09:25:45

Message:
Mark --

Thanks for the great (and prompt!) explanation! If I can press upon you for some more help...

I am pretty much fluent in Spanish, so my reading comprehension of Portuguese is really solid. But when spoken....Portuguese sounds so nasal, and sounds are so different! Can you recommend any good sites for learning Portuguese pronounciation??

Thanks again,
Lupita
RE: Need a little Portuguese help!
Posted by Paulo Smith
On Monday, October 23, 2000 at 14:44:25

Message:
Lupita,

Im Brazilian and if you wish, I can be of assistance for some extra help to your with Brazilian Portuguese learning,
Sincerely,
Paulo
RE: Need a little Portuguese help!
Posted by Mark
On Tuesday, October 24, 2000 at 06:42:52

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I'd advise purchasing a good tape series on portuguese or taking a class at a nearby cultural center or community language center.

Here in Washington DC, there are places where one can take classes through the couty recreation activities board, or through the brazilian-american cultural institute.

When you learn the language from tape, you'll need to make sure you pick up Brazilian portuguese tapes/books and not Portugal portuguese, there are some differences, and its enough to throw you off.

Looking at the message from Paulo, I would say that the BEST way to learn pronunciation is with a friend who can teach you.

Good Luck!
RE: Need a little Portuguese help!
Posted by Mark
On Tuesday, October 24, 2000 at 06:44:37

Message:
I'd advise purchasing a good tape series on portuguese or taking a class at a nearby cultural center or community language center.

Here in Washington DC, there are places where one can take classes through the couty recreation activities board, or through the brazilian-american cultural institute.

When you learn the language from tape, you'll need to make sure you pick up Brazilian portuguese tapes/books and not Portugal portuguese, there are some differences, and its enough to throw you off.

Looking at the message from Paulo, I would say that the BEST way to learn pronunciation is with a friend who can teach you.

Good Luck!
RE: Need a little Portuguese help!
Posted by Mark
On Tuesday, October 24, 2000 at 06:47:38

Message:
I'd advise purchasing a good tape series on portuguese or taking a class at a nearby cultural center or community language center.

Here in Washington DC, there are places where one can take classes through the couty recreation activities board, or through the brazilian-american cultural institute.

When you learn the language from tape, you'll need to make sure you pick up Brazilian portuguese tapes/books and not Portugal portuguese, there are some differences, and its enough to throw you off.

Looking at the message from Paulo, I would say that the BEST way to learn pronunciation is with a friend who can teach you.

Good Luck!
RE: Need a little Portuguese help!
Posted by Joaquim
On Wednesday, November 22, 2000 at 08:23:29

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Try getting Real Player and listen to the Few Brasilian Radio stations live each day. The music when you can find a channel with Bossa Nova is so awesome; and listening to the news and the DJ really lets you hear day to day language.

Also the books and tapes w/ the language course Avenida Brasil from Luso/Brasilian Books (2 parts so far)is very good and they speak at a pace that you can separate the words...so important when you are/I am...an americano.


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